More than 100,000 UK motorists affected by BMW recall

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More than 100,000 UK motorists affected by BMW recall

27th March 2012

Car manufacturer BMW has recalled more than 100,000 cars in the UK following reports that a fault in a battery cable could lead to an electrical fire.

The German carmaker has issued a worldwide recall for some 1.3 million of its 5 and 6 Series models built between 2003 and 2010, including 109,000 vehicles in the UK.

“BMW has said it had received nine reports of the defect globally, but as yet there have thankfully been no reported injuries arising from this fault,” said Matthew Evans, a specialist in defective products cases with Fentons Solicitors LLP.

“Affected owners will apparently be notified by letter, and vehicles should be taken to a BMW Partner repair workshop to undergo a free-of-charge repair, which is expected to take between 30 minutes and an hour,” said Matthew, a partner with the firm.

The recall is the latest from the German manufacturer, and follows a recall in January this year over its Mini Cooper S and John Works models. In that instance, it was believed that an electrical problem could cause a water pump to fail and the car to overheat, which could then in some cases potentially lead to a fire.

Regarding this latest issue, a statement from BMW said that the battery cable cover in the affected 5 and 6 Series vehicles may be incorrectly mounted. “This can result in the electrical system malfunctioning, the vehicle failing to start and, in some cases, to charring or fire,” it said.

Matthew said the prospect of a fire breaking out in the confined environment of a car was obviously terrifying. “The potential for injury is massive, particularly if a vehicle is travelling at high speed when a fire breaks out,” he said. “It could be a recipe for disaster.

“Despite no reports of injuries just yet, BMW is clearly taking the view that it is better to be safe than sorry and issuing the recall as precautionary measure,” said Matthew.

The recall affects about 109,000 cars in Britain, 368,000 vehicles in the United States, 293,000 cars in Germany and about 102,000 cars in China.

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